Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society Inc
PO BOX 510506
PUNTA GORDA FL 33951-0506

Mission: Preserving the history of the Punta Gorda, Florida area through the beauty of mural art.

The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society started with Dr. Robert Andrew's dream to feature historic and educational murals around the City of Punta Gorda. The Society was organized in 1994 and the first mural was completed and dedicated in 1995. To date a total of 28 murals have been completed, proudly depicting the rich history of our area.

The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization whose objectives include the Revitalization, Preservation and Economic Enhancement of our community through the painting of murals that depict the rich history of our area. We have no paid employees and the business of the PGHMS is conducted by an all volunteer Board of Directors and Advisors.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Kelly Gaylord
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1995
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration Yes Mar 2018
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $47,700.00
Projected Expenses $80,500.00
IRS Letter of Determination
PGHMS - IRS 501 (c) (3) LetterView
Impact Statement
  • Successfully developed and launched a "History of Punta Gorda Seen through it's Murals" class in conjunction with FGCU.  This class presents the rich history of our area as depicted in our historical murals.
  • Increased awareness of the Mural Society by greatly increasing LIKEs on Facebook, and expanding our Walking Mural Tour program.
  • Creation and dedication of the "Bayshore Lodge" mural located on the walls of the Amberg Insurance Building in Punta Gorda.
  • Successful launch of a Mural Walking Tour Program in conjunction with FGCU. 
  • Recreated and rededicated the "First City Council" mural that was destroyed when the wall was rebuilt.
  • Completed a major mural restoration and maintenance program that included restoration of several murals, cleaning, caulking and resealing all remaining murals.
  • Recruit new Board members - serious illnesses have resulted in several openings on our Board.
  • Develop and implement a plan to incorporate the educational benefit of our mural art & area history into the existing K-12 curriculum thus providing a key learning aid for classrooms and projects.  The first step of this program will be the creation of our Firehouse Mural.
  • Continue to expand the number of murals capturing even more history through this art form.
  • Develop, in conjunction with 2 other Mural Cities, the Florida Mural Trail website.  This website will highlight the more than a dozen Mural Cities throughout Florida and provide visitors with a map showing a driving trail to visit each one.
Needs Statement
  1. Funds are needed for a major educational mural project.  Our Firehouse mural will consist of two very large educational murals to be painted at Firehouse Station #1.  This station hosts 600-800 school children and 100+ adults each year for educational seminars.  The murals will provide an artistic and educational backdrop for these programs.  (Cost $33,290).
  2. Fund are needed for our "Ladies Remembered" mural honoring the accomplishments and contributions of seven local women who truly impacted our community across a wide range of areas - education, business, history, healthcare, government, and social causes. (Cost $32,000).
Background Statement
The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society started with Dr. Robert Andrew's dream to feature historic and educational murals around the City of Punta Gorda.  In 1993 Dr. Andrews contacted the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce for help in promoting the idea of murals in the historic downtown district.  The proposal was an instant hit and a committee was formed.  Through a lot of effort, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society was organizated in late 1994.  Application was made and approved to operate as a 501c(3) tax favored non-profit organization and plans came together for the first mural location, theme and artist selection.
After gaining support from the building's owner, the first mural was finished and dedicated in October 1995.  The organization was up and running and successfully completed 20 historic murals by 2004.
In August 2004, Hurricane Charlie roared ashore in Punta Gorda with winds in excess of 160 mph destroying among other things, half of the existing murals.  Through lots of effort and community support, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society has repainted nearly all of the lost murals as well as adding additional ones throughout the community.  To date, 29 murals have been painted, proudly depicting the rich history of our area.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The historic murals spur interest in the area and lead the viewer to ask "What's the story behind this art?".  The mural art also attracts tourists to the area enhancing the "destination" aspect of Punta Gorda.
The Punta Gorda Mural Society Board of Directors has a strong sense of community and always seeks project consensus from agencies representing the populous:  Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Team Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda History Center, Punta Gorda Historical Society, and City Council.   This consensus is imperative to creating well received and high quality works of art.

In 2016 the Mural Society developed a 1.5 hour class that presented the murals in chronological order based on the history depicted in each mural.  The class was quickly expanded to 2.5 hours and now covers all 29 murals and over 450 years of local history.  The class is taught at the local FGCU campus in downtown Punta Gorda.

The Class helps to spread the word about the Mural Society and educate the community about the rich history of the area. 

Budget $500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

The class has and continues to be successful, with class sizes from 10-35 per session.  A portion of the registration fee is donated to the Mural Society.

Long Term Success

Upon completion of the class, the students are more informed on the message presented in the murals and go on to support the Mural Society financially as well as register for a Mural Walking Tour.

Program Success Monitoring

The BOD is notified of all scheduled classes and the student feedback.

Program Success Examples

Since beginning this class in 2015, over $1000 has been raised from the portion of the registration fees donated to the organization.  Over 85 students have attended the class.  Student feedback has been very positive.


During season the Mural Society offers 1-2 hour Walking Tours of the downtown murals through our local FGCU campus as well as to private organizations.  The history of the Mural Society, it's operations and the history depicted in each mural is presented.

Budget $500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

The tours offered through FGCU have been sold out well in advance and we average 5-6 private organization tours per season.  Private organizations reach us through our website.

Long Term Success  The long term goal of this program is to educate the community about the Mural Society and our rich local history.  By doing so, the community becomes educated and more supportive of the organization through fundraising event participation and donations.
Program Success Monitoring

Tour guides monitor the feedback from the participants during the tour and provide readouts to the BOD.

Program Success Examples

The offered tours (FGCU) consistently sell out and the number of private organization tours are increasing each year.  Donations taken during the tour bring an average of $600 to the organization each year.

Program Comments by Organization

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email contact@puntagordamurals.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 11
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
  • Punta Gorda Historic Society
  • Punta Gorda History Center
  • Charlotte County Historical Center Society
  • Charlotte County Arts & Humanities
  • Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center
  • Team Punta Gorda
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Kelly Gaylord
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email kgaylord320@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Robert Andrews Chairman Emeritus
Kim Foss Community Volunteer
Kelly Gaylord Community Volunteer
Judy Martens Community Volunteer
Mary Mazur Community Volunteer
Frank Mazur Community Volunteer
Kelly-Ann Munroe Community Volunteer
Gene Murtha Community Volunteer
Carol Nielsen Community Volunteer
Florence Norsell Community Volunteer
Marque Lynn Raposa Community Volunteer
Libby Schaefer Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 66
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization

We just recently lost our Board President to a long illness. 

We continue to actively seek additional Board members.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $47,700.00
Projected Expenses $80,500.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$48,058$0$17,100
Administration Expense$4,024$4,640$8,462
Fundraising Expense$313$1,233$100
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.272.990.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%0%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%7%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$69,010$0$0
Current Assets$69,010$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$69,010$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $45,738Contributions, gifts, grants $11,231Contributions, gifts, grants $10,770
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFederated Campaigns $17,797Fundraising $6,296Investment Income $27
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $3,039Other $290 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information is taken from compilations as the organization filed Federal Form 990-N with the IRS.
Nonprofit Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society Inc
Address PO BOX 510506
PUNTA GORDA , FL 33950 0506
Phone 941 979-2786